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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


October 5 , 2002 - Issue 71


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


The information here will include items of interest for and about Native American schools.
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Back To School


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A Pre-College Workshop For Native American Students

Sponsored by AIGC (American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.),
Co-sponsored by Whitman College, Washington University, and 26 of the nation's finest colleges

June 14 -18, 2003 at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
June 28 - July 2, 2003 at Washington University, St. Louis, MO

College Horizons is a five-day "crash course" in preparing for college. Expert college counselors, teamed up with admission officers from 21 colleges will help you:

  • Select colleges suitable for you
  • Complete winning applications and write memorable essays
  • Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student
  • Become a test-prep "whiz kid"
  • Find your way through the financial aid/scholarship jungle

Students will learn about a broad variety of colleges and establish personal relationships with college representatives and college counselors that will continue long after the program is over. Participants will be limited to 56 at each site and will be Native American (enrolled members only), Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian current sophomores and juniors from throughout the United States. Students will be selected by application: a minimum GPA of 3.0 in college prep or academic courses is required. Priority application deadline is February 21; second round is March 10 (later applications will be accepted on a space-available basis to June 1). Complete program cost is $100 (includes tuition, room, board and all materials). Substantial funds are available for travel and tuition assistance. Students may indicate preference for either site.

Colleges/Organizations represented : (* = only at Whitman; + = only at Wash. U. All the rest at both)

Barnard College Princeton+
Brown University
Rice University
California Institute of Technology+ St. John's College, Santa Fe
Carleton College St. Lawrence University
Cornell University Skidmore College
Dartmouth College Smith College
Grinnell College+ Stanford University
Guilford College Union College*
Harvard University University of Denver*
Johns Hopkins* Washington University
Macalester College Westmont College+
Oberlin College+ Whitman College
Occidental College * Yale University
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Project aims to reduce Indian dropouts
HELENA - "Six Montana schools, the state and the Montana Wyoming Indian Education Association are starting a federally funded demonstration project this year to reduce American Indian dropout rates.

The state will receive a three-year U.S. Department of Education grant, $328,461 a year, to pay for the project, state Superintendent Linda McCulloch announced Monday.

The program targets Indian students because of their 10.4 percent dropout rate, more than two times higher than the state average of 4.2 percent, McCulloch said. The six demonstration schools are all on Indian reservations, and other primarily reservation schools will also work with the project to start projects to bring together schools, families, tribes and communities to help keep kids in schools.

In Poplar on the Fort Peck Reservation, the high school will be one of the demonstration schools - but the Poplar schools are also expected to receive their own grant to start a series of new programs for dropouts and at-risk students, including special tutoring and instruction for kids in juvenile detention center and young mothers.

The five other demonstration schools are Box Elder High School, Browning High School, Heart Butte High School, Lame Deer High School and Rocky Boy High School.

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